Tottenham are plotting the return for one of their greatest ever players
It's more likely than you might think
It's been almost five years since Gareth Bale left Tottenham to join Real Madrid after one of the longest, most tiresome transfer sagas ever.
During his time at the Bernabeu, Bale has fulfilled his dream of winning a league title, three Champions League titles, and playing alongside some of the world's greatest players, and he also played a significant part in many of those triumphs. His time in Spain has been successful, although it has not gone exactly to plan.
He was tipped to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo as the king of Real Madrid, become the focal point of the team and shoulder the burden of scoring the majority of goals for Madrid. However, Ronaldo has shown just how determined he is to continue scoring goals well into his thirties, and Bale's persistent injury problems have limited his opportunities to play alongside, let alone dethrone Ronaldo.
Consequently, Real Madrid are considering selling him in the summer, while the player still holds onto his high resale value. And Spurs are interested in bringing him back.
Spain's El Confidencial - who are famously reliable when it comes to Madrid's transfer dealings - have reported that Spurs are keen on re-signing Bale, as they enter a new era at their new stadium.
It has been reported that should Bale not be selected for Real Madrid's return leg against Paris Saint-Germain tonight, his agent will start looking for a way to get his client out of Madrid. Bale starts on the bench tonight.
I know what you're thinking: surely this means Harry Kane will go the other way. Think again, there have been no suggestions that Kane will be demanded in return.
So it's a real possibility that Spurs could begin their next chapter, back at a rebuilt White Hart Lane with Gareth Bale back in Lilywhite, playing alongside Harry Kane.
The likely obstacles that could prevent the deal from happening are the two clubs agreeing on a fee, and Spurs paying Bale's wages. Daniel Levy is a canny dealer and won't pay more than he feels the player is worth. There is stark contrast between his careful approach to transfers and that of say, Manchester United.